Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

2.12 Summary of key points from Section 2

  • Co-production recognises that people have various ‘ assets ’ such as knowledge, skills, characteristics, experience, friends, family, colleagues, and communities. These assets can be brought to bear to improve people's health and well-being.
  • Building community capacity has been identified by the Scottish Government as essential to promoting aspects of the personalisation agenda, such as co-production, encouraging social networks and building social capital. A challenge to this perspective is that this may be seen as a way of reducing the role of the state and passing responsibility to individuals and communities.
  • Stronger networks and increased social capital are both prerequisites for, and potential outcomes of, personalisation. Increasing social capital has been shown to provide both economic and social benefits.
  • Co-production involves sharing the commissioning, design, delivery and evaluation of services, recognising and utilising the skills of citizens. This in turn has a beneficial impact on the communities in which the services are delivered.
  • Co-production can be seen as inextricably linked to personalisation and the delivery of self-directed support. Co-production requires service providers to be able to share resources and power with service users and carers, supported by a well-articulated value base and collaborative and innovative approaches.
  • Co-production requires the active involvement of citizens and services. Introducing and implementing the principles of co-production in mainstream Scottish health and social care will involve changes in attitudes, cultures and expectations at all levels in public and other services.
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